Crash of an Armstrong Whitworth AW.650 Argosy in West Freugh AFB

Date & Time: Oct 1, 1984 at 1200 LT
Operator:
Registration:
XN817
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
6746
YOM:
1961
Region:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing at RAF West Freugh, the right main gear collapsed. The airplane slid on its belly and eventually came to rest on a grassy area to the right of the runway. All 11 occupants escaped uninjured while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. It was completing a flight on behalf of the Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment.
Probable cause:
Failure of the right main gear upon landing.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I near Mt Bennanbrack: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 21, 1944 at 0450 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
MG356
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
West Freugh - West Freugh
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a night training exercise. En route, while cruising at an altitude of 2,250 feet, the twin engine aircraft hit a mountain slope located near Mt Bennanbrack, some 6 miles north of Newton Stewart. All five crew members were killed.
Crew:
F/Sgt Raymond John Crotty, pilot,
Sgt Darius Bede Northmore, navigator,
W/O Peter Smith, wireless operator and air gunner,
Sgt Bertram Ernest William Becker,
Sgt Edward Hugh Patrick Cresswell, wireless operator and air gunner.
Source & photos:
http://www.aircrashsites-scotland.co.uk/anson_bennanbrack.htm

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I in Port Soderick: 5 killed

Date & Time: Dec 30, 1943 at 2100 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N5026
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
West Freugh - West Freugh
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew left RAF West Freugh at 1953LT for a night training exercise. While approaching the Isle of Man, the crew encountered engine problems and the pilot elected to make an emergency landing in poor weather conditions when the twin engine aircraft hit a cliff located 1,5 mile from Port Soderick. All five crew members were killed.
Crew (4th AFU):
F/Sgt C. G. Eckersley, pilot,
Sgt H. Peters, navigator,
Sgt G. R. Tippett, bomb aimer,
Sgt H. C. Thompson, wireless operator and air gunner,
Sgt L. J. Henley, wireless operator.
Source: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=144966
Probable cause:
An Inquiry into the accident found that the primary cause of the accident was “ the shearing of one of the propeller Boss belts, which caused spasmodic and intense vibration, and loss of engine revs as it came into contact with the nuts of the front cover. It was though that the Pilot decided to make an immediate forced landing, preferably on water near the coast, but that he overshot aiming north while flying in bad visibility, and faced with cliffs ahead, he opened up to try and clear them, but crashed head on into them.”

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson on Mt Green Gable: 1 killed

Date & Time: Oct 1, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
DJ410
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
West Freugh - West Freugh
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a night training exercise from RAF West Freugh. En route, while cruising in poor visibility due to the night and cloud, the pilot did not realize he was off course when the aircraft hit the slope of Mt Green Gable located southeast of Buttermere. The pilot was killed instantly while all four other occupants were wounded and walked away to find help. The aircraft was destroyed. Crew from the 4th AOS, pilot was W/O Frederick Orchard Cadham.

Crash of a Blackburn B-26 Botha I in West Freugh: 5 killed

Date & Time: Nov 18, 1941 at 1010 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L6195
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
West Freugh - West Freugh
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Shortly after take off from RAF West Freugh, while climbing, the aircraft stalled, dove into the ground and crashed in a wooded area located near the airport. All five crew members were killed.
Crew (4th AOS):
Sgt Walter Francis Godfrey Hobby, pilot,
LAC Robert Charles Sharp, observer,
AC1 William Charles Ellis, wireless operator and air gunner,
AC2 George William King, wireless operator and air gunner,
LAC Ciaran Anzlony Clarke, air gunner.
Probable cause:
It appears the aircraft stalled during initial climb following a loss of power on the right engine. This was caused by a false move on part of the captain who throttled back the right power lever while trying to remove his hand to select the undercarriage up. This caused the right engine to lose power and the aircraft to stall.

Crash of a Blackburn B-26 Botha off Rhosneigr: 3 killed

Date & Time: Aug 28, 1941 at 1130 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L6417
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Valley – West Freugh
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
For undetermined reason, the crew decided to abort the take off procedure. The aircraft was unable to stop within the remaining runway, overshot and crashed into the sea some 500 meters off Rhosneigr. All three crew members were killed. It is also reported that 11 rescuers died while they were trying to save the crew.
More info on:
http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=152967

Crash of a Handley Page H.P.54 Harrow II in West Freugh AFB

Date & Time: Sep 7, 1939
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
K7003
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Aircraft was approaching West Freugh AFB when it hit the ground, lost its undercarriage and came to rest in a field. No casualties.
Probable cause:
Too low approach.

Crash of a Handley Page H.P.54 Harrow II in Halewood

Date & Time: Oct 21, 1938 at 1825 LT
Operator:
Registration:
K7019
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
West Freugh - Marham
MSN:
435062/35
YOM:
1937
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
157
Circumstances:
Left West Freugh AFB at 1710LT for Marham via Ayr, Blackpool, Ternhill and Cheltenham. While flying twelve km northeast of Liverpool at an altitude of some 4,000 feet, the left engine failed. Captain decided to divert to RAF Sealand on one engine but the aircraft was losing altitude. Due to severe vibrations, he ordered his crew to abandon the aircraft. He continued the flight alone but was unable to reach RAF Sealand. He eventually completed an emergency landing in a field near Halewood, some 3 km northeast of Speke, near Liverpool. While the aircraft was damaged beyond repair, the captain and all four other crew members survived.
Probable cause:
Failure of the ninth connecting rod on the left engine. Built in 1937, the aircraft totalized 157 flying hours.